A new eruption began on Friday at the Wolf volcano on Isabela Island, the largest in Galapagos, reported the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador.
A cloud of gas and ash that reaches a height of between “3,793 meters above sea level to the northeast and 1,943 meters to the west” could be seen from 0120 (0620 GMT) when the event began, reported a statement from the organism.
There are no populations near the volcano or in the direction of the ash cloud, the report added.
The volcano, which is reactivated after seven years of relative calm, presents a fissure in the southern area where magma evacuates in the same direction, “towards the interior of the island, for now,” said the Ministry of Environment. . Meanwhile, the columns of smoke and ash are heading towards the north of Isabela, “where there is no human population at risk.”
About eight people between park rangers and scientists from the Galapagos National Park and the Conservancy organization were mobilized from the area, as a preventive measure, since “they were on the Wolf volcano carrying out field work with the pink iguanas,” the ministry reported. The team confirmed that the living area of these species is far from the eruption and the impact zone, therefore no additional protection measures have been considered, he added.
Endemic species such as turtles and iguanas settle on the slopes of the volcano, as well as vegetation. The pink iguana is characteristic of the Wolf volcano.
The environmental authority maintains monitoring “to record the changes that occur in the ecosystem” during the eruptive process, it was noted.
The Galapagos Islands are in constant formation, so one of their main tourist attractions lies in the “volcanic eruptions,” said the Minister of the Environment, Gustavo Manrique, who is in the archipelago, the statement cited.
The first images released by the Galapagos National Park and captured by park rangers show plumes of steam and a glowing red on the island, located 1,000 kilometers from the Ecuadorian mainland.
The Wolf volcano – about 1,707 meters high – is located north of Isabela Island and is its highest point. Its last eruption was recorded in 2015.
In 1979 the Galapagos Islands were declared a Natural World Heritage Site, due to its important reserve of animal and plant species, terrestrial and marine, unique in the world.
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